This is THE bad news of the day for the tricolor clan, for the team Cofidis and especially for the main interested party: Bryan Coquard has tested positive for Covid and must therefore forfeit the 109th Tour de France (July 1-24). The French sprinter, who has been replaced by Pierre-Luc Perichonexpressed his disappointment, especially as he had great ambitions. “This is of course a very big disappointment. I wanted to shine in my new colors on this Tour de France. I was currently in very good condition and the Covid decided otherwise“, he said in an interview with The Team.
Video – Bryan Coquard’s package on this Tour because of the Covid!
#TDF2022 @bryancoquard replaced by @PerichonPLuc
Successive tests carried out by the medical staff of the Cofidis team revealed a positive return to Covid-19. In accordance with team policy and in agreement with ASO and the UCI, he will not be at the start tomorrow @Round pic.twitter.com/MPbCilK47i
— Team Cofidis (@TeamCOFIDIS) June 30, 2022
“I have no symptoms, I’m not sick, no runny nose…”
“It’s hard because I have no symptoms, I’m not sick, no runny nose, nothingcontinues Bryan Coquard. I did a PCR test yesterday morning. (Wednesday) which was already positive but at the limit of the new Covid-19 contagiousness standard which is set at 33 and I was at 32. We hoped that I was at the end of the cycle of contagion and finally it was the opposite that happened since I was 25 this morning and therefore increasingly contagious.“Whoever has been on the podium twice in a stage of the Tour de Francewithout winning the slightest victory, had the ambition to raise his arms on the Big loop 2022.
“That I’ve only been thinking about the Tour de France for months. I had worked very well in this objective. I had excellent feelings two weeks ago on the Tour de Suisse and I also felt very good during the French Championships last weekend. It’s frustrating to jump ship before it’s even gone. But now, I have to go home, it’s part of the things of the moment and you have to deal with it. It’s always less serious than a fall or an injury“, concludes the runner of Cofidis who awaits a happy event: the birth of her second child, scheduled for July.